Japanese Name: グランドキリン マイルドリッチ
Release: Aug. 5, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥245 @Lawson
The second in a recent series of Grand Kirin beers for the convenience stores is Grand Kirin Mild Rich, crafted especially for Lawson. Interestingly, Mild Rich was produced with the ladies in mind, who according to Kirin (and Lawson) want a smooth and mellow beer. Hence Mild Rich was created with wheat and Galaxy hops to impart citrusy-passion fruit flavors.
Possibly due to the wheat, Mild Rich pours out a lovely straw color, just slightly lighter than the standard Japanese lager. It has an incredible nose, much stronger than most Japanese beers on the market. Aromas of fresh wheat, yeast, and citrus create a very powerful image right off the bat. The first gulp is velvety yet has a “chewiness” that is unique, giving a full bodied – yet mellow flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavor comes on the front, but never overwhelms the tastebuds. Mild Rich finishes with a hint of bitterness, that sticks around to keep it interesting.
As with all the Grand Kirin beers, the one word sticks out in my mind is quality. Not only has Kirin created a great beer but they have created a Premium Japanese Beer with a completely unique flavor for Lawson. I find Mild Rich attractive for its smooth rich taste combined with a unique fruitiness that I’ve never come across in Japanese beers. Grand Kirin Mild Rich is a must try, and you’d better get to Lawson quickly as Mild Rich is getting to be quite difficult to find.